Tag Archives: Scotland

Artist Profiles: Bachue

Bachue

Although well established as a duo Bachue, has expanded to include the fantastic percussion talents of Edinburgh-based drummer Donald Hay. The unique combination of electroharp, piano, voice and percussion has dazzled and mesmerized audiences wherever they play.

Corrina Hewat and David Milligan first performed as Bachue back in 1996, originally appearing with percussionist Davy Cattenach (then with The Old Blind Dogs) and fiddler Kenny Fraser. The band has performed and recorded with various line-ups since then, but for the most part it’s Corrina and David’s duo format that has earned their enviable reputation as one of the Celtic music scene’s most innovative groups.

For the new album, The Butterfly, Bachue joined forces with jazz trumpeter Colin Steele, whose warm, lyrical sound complements the band’s unique sound perfectly.

Discography:

The Butterfly
A Certain Smile
Bachué Café

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Artist Profiles: Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson an acclaimed virtuoso in the time honored tradition of Scottish fiddle music. Paul Anderson has won most of the fiddle championships in Scotland. His crowning glory was the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship at Blair Castle in 1993.

Paul Anderson, from the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, is one of Scotland’s most respected traditional musicians. His album Land of the Standing Stones is really a love letter to Paul’s native Aberdeenshire as all but a couple of the 51 tunes on the album are inspired by the people, landscape and history of the North-East of Scotland.

The music on the album has all been composed by Paul himself and at 70 minutes in length, it’s a considerable achievement. The music, though rooted in the traditional Scots fiddle idiom, is also contemporary in style. He has been ably supported in this by a superb group of musicians, which includes Shona Donaldson (Scots singer of the year 2009), Swedish cittern master Ale Carr, Ali Napier (Dougie MacLean band) and Scottish acting star Kevin McKidd on guitar and vocals.

Discography:

Land of the Standing Stones

website: www.paulandersonscottishfiddler.com

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Artist Profiles: Aidan O’Rourke

Aidan O’Rourke - Photo by Peter McNally
Aidan O’Rourke – Photo by Peter McNally

Aidan O’Rourke is a fiddle player and composer from Oban on the West Coast of Scotland. He has toured extensively in Europe and North America from the age of 15 and has made his name as one of Scotland’s most expressive and dynamic musicians.

At 19, Aidan formed Tabache with Claire Mann and went on to record the internationally acclaimed album Waves of Rush. Aidan now performs with the hugely successful Blazin’ Fiddles (Live Act of the Year 2004) and is a much sought after session musician, having performed on over dozens of albums ranging from Runrig to Michael McGoldrick and Karen Matheson.

Commissions have included a piece titled Mantra Alba which welcomed the Dalai Lama to Scotland.

Sirius is his first solo album which evolved from a commission by Celtic Connections in 2003.

Discography:

Are You Willing?, with Tabache (1996)
Waves of Rush, with Tabache (1999)
Live in Scotland, with The Unusual Suspects (2005)
Sirius (2006)
Lightweights and Gentlemen, with Lau (2007)
Live, with Lau (2008)
Arc Light, with Lau (2009)
An Tobar (Navigator Records, 2011)
Big Like This, with The Unusual Suspects (2011)
Race the Loser, with Lau (2012)
Hotline (2013)
The Bell That Never Rang, with Lau (2015)
Sleeper, with Kan (2015)

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Greentrax Recordings Celebrates Anniversary with Ceilidh

Dick Gaughan, "Lucky For Some
Dick Gaughan, “Lucky For Some

Scotland, UK – Greentrax Recordings is celebrating its 20th with the publication of a full color catalog; the release of a 3 CD Compilation (Scotland – the Music and the Song), tracing the company’s releases over twenty years; and culminating with a Ceilidh to be held in the Queen’s Hall Edinburgh on Saturday 22nd of July 2006 with The Occasionals Ceilidh Band and songs and music from other Greentrax artists. 2006 also marks the ‘Golden Wedding Anniversary’ of Greentrax directors June and lan Green.

There have been many highlights over the past twenty years, including the signing of such international artists as Jean Redpath, MBE; Catherine Ann McPhee; Mairi Maclnnes; Natalie MacMaster, of Cape Breton; Isia St Clair; Eric Bogle; Archie Fisher; Dick Gaughan; The McCalmans and Shooglenifty.

In addition, Greentrax worked closely with S.T.V. (‘Aly
Bain and Friends’ Series in 1989); the films ‘The Tree of Liberty’, featuring Serge Hovey and Jean Redpath and ‘Mairi Mhor’, featuring Catherine-Ann MacPhee; the Edinburgh International Festival (who featured traditional music and song over several years); The Traditional Music And Song Association of Scotland (‘The Nineties Collection’); and other notable projects.

Many fine albums resulted from these associations. S.T.V. featured Ian and the Company’s achievements in their ‘Artery Series’1998. In 1997 Greentrax was presented with the East Lothian Business Association ‘Business Achievement Award’ for good business practices and export achievements. There have also been various album and performance awards made to Greentrax artists and in 2005 Ian was himself the recipient of ‘The Hamish Henderson Award For Services to Traditional Music’ at the Scots Trad Awards, which included being added to the Scots Trad Awards ‘Hall of Fame’.

Greentrax Recordings is regarded by many as Scotland’s leading traditional music record company and, after twenty years, continues to lead the way with their wide-ranging releases, from the very traditional song and music from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies to the most contemporary of the ‘fusion’ bands such as Shooglenifty and Salsa Celtica and everything in between.

The Greentrax catalog contains an amazing mixture of Scottish (and other) traditional music, in its widest context, including music played on such unusual instruments as the Jaw Harp and the Lute, plus an album of traditional tunes played on the wonderful Bosendorfer piano.

In 2001 the entire Culburnie Records catalog was licensed by Greentrax Recordings Ltd. for the World, excluding North America and Spain. Ace fiddler Alasdair Fraser continues to manage these territories from his base in the U.S.A.

2005 was a notable year with the release of a 5 CD Box Set of Eric Bogle’s songs; the signing of four-times World Pipe Band Champions – The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Canada -and in 2006 Greentrax got off to a big start with the signing of ex-Run Rig star Donnie Munro -another great coupe for the East Lothian based label.

Other releases to celebrate the 20th Anniversary include a new studio album from Dick Gaughan, “Lucky For Some“; “On Home Ground – Volume 2” by the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and a debut album from the BBC Radio 2 “Young Musicians of the Year” winners, Bodega.

The Greentrax ‘team’ consist of June Green (Director); Marina Wilson (Accounts, Royalties & Office Manager); Cath Mack (Promotions); Pat Dark (Warehouseman and Packer). Ian Green, the founder of the Company is Managing Director.

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